T-Mobile MVNO Spot Mobile rolled out a bunch of new plans today. Up to now Spot has really only had one plan; pay as you go with 10¢ voice minutes, 5¢ texts (including international) and no data. That plan is notable for having a minimum payment of $5 every 90 days.
Effective today, Spot now has a bewildering array of plans that includes the original pay as you go offering plus five new Unlimited plans and four "Monthly Savings Plans".
Plus there are new addons for data and a couple of International calling packages.
Here is the complete lineup of Spot's new plans.
|Price||Duration||Voice||Texts (Domestic and International)||Data (Web & MMS)|
|$39.99||30 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||100 MB|
|$49.99||30 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||250 MB|
|$59.99||30 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||500 MB|
|$14.99||7 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||50 MB|
|$24.99||15 days||Unlimited Nation wide Talk||Unlimited Nationwide and International Text||100 MB|
|Price||Voice||Texts (Domestic and Int'l)||Data|
|$14.99||250 Minutes||250||50 MB|
|$24.99||500 Minutes||500||50 MB|
|$29.99||1200 Minutes||500||50 MB|
|$10.00||100MB||30 Day Expiration|
|$15.00||250MB||30 Day Expiration|
|$25.00||500MB||30 Day Expiration|
|Refill Denominations||Duration||Minimum Monthly Cost||Voice||Texts (Domestic and International)||Data (Web & MMS)|
|$5, $10, $20 and $30||90 Days||$1.67||10¢/Minute||5¢/Each||$10 100 MB|
$15 250 MB
$25 500 MB
|$10 Unlimited International Talk||Unlimited calls to 5 numbers in 1 country (landline only)||30 Day Expiration|
|$10 International Super 500 Minutes||500 minutes to 50 Countries (landline only)||30 Day Expiration|
The new plans are a positive change for Spot which really needed data and unlimited plans to be competitive. However data prices are too high, especially on the unlimited plans. Only 500 MB of data on the $59.95 plan isn't attractive when compared with T-Mobile MVNO Simple Mobile's 2 GB for $50 or even T-Mobile's own $60 unlimited plan which includes 2 GB of full speed data and unlimited throttled data.
At one time Spot service included no extra cost voice only roaming on AT&T and regional GSM networks. According to a Spot customer service representative I spoke to today, that's no longer the case, Spot coverage is only available on the T-Mobile native network.
Spot does have some unique advantages. Its very low minimum cost on pay as you go, only $20 per year make it a good choice for an emergency or "glovebox" phone. It also looks good if you do a lot of international texting or calling. In addition to no extra cost international texting and good value international add-on plans, regular international voice rates without an add-on are reasonable (Canada 15¢, Mexico 15¢, UK 13¢, China 2¢) and international direct dialing is supported.
Spot's phone selection is limited but because it's GSM BYOD is just a SIM swap away. SIMs are $9.99 each with airtime purchase. Unfortunately they are currently sold out.
Source: Spot Mobile via Howard Forums